Cadets participated in two global travel programs in May: an Undergraduate Olmsted Scholars trip to Panama and the Corps of Cadets Global Scholars Program trip to France.
The George and Carol Olmsted Foundation, based in Falls Church, Virginia, has long supported educational programs that give active-duty military officers and more recently cadets and midshipmen at Title X senior military colleges a better understanding of foreign cultures.
The trip to Panama included cadets from Virginia Tech and Norfolk State University. Students tour Panama City and Colon, visit the Panama Canal, experience native communities, conduct service projects, and meet with the U.S. ambassador to Panama, among other events.
The Corps’ Global Scholars Program, now in its second year, includes a three-credit hour seminar focused on the the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II followed by a week-long trip to France.
In the classroom, cadets take turns leading the class, sharing their research and applying the history lessons to today’s world events. In France, they led similar discussions on leadership and decision-making while standing at the very spots they’ve studied.